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Markevich Nikolai

Markevich Nikolai Andreyevich (Jan 26 (Feb 07), 1804 Apr 9 (21), 1860) Ukrainian amateur historian, folklorist, poet, composer.

Jushkevich-Stakhovsky K. F. Portrait N. A. Markevich, 1847

He descended from a famous Hetman noble kind Markevich. The legacy of his father, he was pretty impressive manor (village now Zgurivka district, Kyiv region, 700 serfs).

All works Markevich wrote in Russian. His first poetry published in 1820 by V. A. Zhukovsky. He continued his creative work even after retirement: in 1831 was published a collection of his poems "Ukrainian melodies", in 1840 "Ukrainian folk songs, arranged for piano by Nikolai Markevich". In addition to record the words and music of folk songs, Markevich wrote pieces for piano and singing.

In 1842 1843 was published his major historical work "History of Little Russia (Malorossia)" in five volumes. It was written without the slightest critical attitude to sources.

Markevich and Shevchenko

1. Markevich during his stay in St. Petersburg, wrote in his diary March 4, 1840 address Shevchenko and Sternberg. Meeting them was a little bit later, April 27, 1840.

2. May 9, 1840, the name day of Markevich and on the eve of his departure from St. Petersburg, Shevchenko wrote a poem "To N. Markevich" (published in 1843). Accessing Markevich as bandurist inspired by the poem of last "".

3. Shevchenko was interested in the work of Markevich, as seen from letter (1844), read his work "History of Little Russia" (1842 1843).

4. Friendship with Markevich proved comic letter (22 January 1844) to Markevich, also signed by Shevchenko. But detailed timeline of their meetings in Ukraine in 1843 1845 can not be established, as was unable to confirm the assumption on the presence Shevchenko in the estate Markevich village Turivka.

5. Numerous facts of creative communications Shevchenko and Markevich in 1840 1845 studied E. Kosachevskaya [Kosachevskaya E. M. N. A. Markevich. Leningrad, 1987, chapter 9: "N. A. Markevich and Taras Shevchenko].

M. Zh., 27 June 2016

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